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This Piece Won An Art Price — Artists Are Enraged

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It’s AI-generated

On August 26, 2022, Jason Allen won “The Digital Arts Award” with his piece “Théâtre D’opéra Spatial”.

It’s an impressive painting

When Allen announced his win, he also shared that the painting was generated by Midjourney.

Midjourney is a commercial neural network for generating images from a given text description.

  • Jason explained that he generated several hundred images, choosing three of them that he liked the most.
  • Then he used Adobe Photoshop, enlarged the images using Gigapixel AI, printed them on canvas, and sent it to the Fine Arts Contest.

A lot of artists are enraged


First of all, an AI-created work won the competition.

Second, the judges of the contest weren’t informed about the use of the neural network.

What do you think?

A — I think AI art should have its own category.

B — It’s not like the AI did it on its own.

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